How Acupuncture May Alter Perception of Pain

How Acupuncture May Alter Perception of Pain Nov. 30, 2010 (Chicago) — Acupuncture works directly on the brain to alter the way we process and perceive pain, preliminary research suggests. The 18-person study suggests that the ancient Chinese practice relieves pain, says study leader Nina Theysohn, MD, of the University Hospital in Essen, Germany. Theysohn […]


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Epilepsy Drugs, Breastfeeding: Safe for Kids?

Epilepsy Drugs, Breastfeeding: Safe for Kids? Nov. 24, 2010 — Breastfeeding while a mother is taking epilepsy drugs does not appear to harm a child’s IQ, according to a new study that followed children born to women with epilepsy until age 3. ”We compared the breastfed babies to non-breastfed babies and basically found no difference […]


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U.S. Gonorrhea Rate Drops; Chlamydia, Syphilis Up

U.S. Gonorrhea Rate Drops; Chlamydia, Syphilis Up Nov. 22, 2010 — With gonorrhea rates down to an all-time low, chlamydia has become the top reported STD in the U.S., the CDC’s annual STD report shows. About 2.8 million Americans get chlamydia each year, the CDC estimates. That’s why the national health agency considers the 19% […]


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Children of Divorce Face Higher Stroke Risk

Children of Divorce Face Higher Stroke Risk Nov. 22, 2010 — Children whose parents divorced grow up to have twice the stroke risk of adults whose parents stayed together, a Canadian study finds. The association between childhood experience of parental divorce and stroke cannot be explained by other factors linked to stroke risk: education, household […]


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Less-Invasive Method Finds Stage of Lung Cancer

Less-Invasive Method Finds Stage of Lung Cancer Nov. 23, 2010 — A less-invasive method to determine the stage of non-small-cell lung cancer is effective, often sparing the patient the need for general anesthesia and a surgical procedure, according to a new study. Under currently accepted guidelines, staging of non-small-cell lung cancer is done either by […]


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Binge Drinking Increases Heart Disease Risk

Binge Drinking Increases Heart Disease Risk Nov. 23, 2010 — Heavy drinking or binge drinking a couple of days a week may be worse for the heart than drinking a moderate amount of alcohol throughout the week, new research indicates. Researchers in France and in Belfast, Northern Ireland, say that middle-aged men in both places […]


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Darvon, Darvocet Banned

Darvon, Darvocet Banned Nov. 19, 2010 — The FDA has at last banned Darvon, Darvocet, and other brand/generic drugs containing propoxyphene — a safety-plagued painkiller from the 1950s. New proof of heart side effects, in studies of healthy people taking normal doses of the drug, prompted the FDA to act. An estimated 10 million Americans […]


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Few Americans Meet Goals for Heart Health

Few Americans Meet Goals for Heart Health Nov. 19, 2010 (Chicago) — Meeting just four of seven simple goals for ideal heart health — such as maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly — can cut your risk of dying by about half, researchers report. But in a nationwide study of nearly 18,000 adults, fewer […]


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Teen Girls’ Guide to Teen Boys: Changes During Puberty

Teen Girls’ Guide to Teen Boys Let’s face it: Being a teen can be tough. So much in your life changes between the ages of 13 and 18. For one thing, your body probably looks pretty different than it did not so long ago. And then there are boys. You’re probably noticing them more these […]


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Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is no longer the disabling condition it was in the past, thanks in large part to combination therapy – taking more than one RA medicine at a time.  For example, combining two disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or combining the DMARD methotrexate with a biologic agent can lessen symptoms such as joint pain as […]


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